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Published on Jan 26, 2017
Dr. Kristin Patzkowsky, a minimally invasive surgeon from the department of Gynecology and Obstetrics answers your common questions asked about endometriosis. Learn more at: http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/gyneco...
Endometriosis is a benign disorder characterized by the presence of endometrial tissue (the tissue that lines the uterus) outside the uterine cavity where it becomes attached to reproductive or abdominal organs. The patches of endometrial tissue swell with blood during menstruation as if they were still in the uterus. Endometriosis is a common disorder, most prevalent between the ages of 25 and 40. Symptoms vary and are not strictly correlated with the severity of the disease; they may worsen with time, but tend to diminish during pregnancy and cease with menopause. Many women have no symptoms at all. Treatment depends on the severity of symptoms, the age of the woman, and whether she wishes to have children.
Questions Answered: 1. What is endometriosis? 0:03 2. What are the symptoms of endometriosis? 0:14 3. Can endometriosis affect fertility? 1:15 4. What are the treatment options for endometriosis? 2:01 5. Can endometriosis be a recurring issue? 2:51 6. What is the difference between minimally invasive surgery and open surgery for endometriosis? 3:10 7. What type of physician should I see for surgical treatment of endometriosis? 4:23